wildlife news

The launch of the RRS Sir David Attenborough
The new ship, named after the broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, will be used for polar research.
Two of the four True's beaked whales spotted
A group of four True's beaked whales, a species only ever seen a handful of times, was spotted during a ferry trip. 
A juvenile angelshark
Citizen science volunteers are needed for a Wales-based angelshark conservation project.
The luna moth Actias luna was one of the silk moth species studied
Researchers studying silk moths have found that the shape of their hindwings contributes to their survival. 
The long-term use of the pesticides for killing parasites is damaging the populations of these important insects. 
Radiocarbon dating of ‘antique’ ivory being sold in European countries reveals that many are not antique at all. 
Meadows at High Fields, purchased by the National Trust
The charity spent £2.15 million on the hay meadows and grasslands, in a bid to halt the dramatic decline of butterfly and bee populations.
Species such as wild strawberry, ragged robin and harebell are in decline across the UK. This decrease in wildflowers has a knock-on effect for other wildlife, including butterflies, bees and beetles.
The Queen Alexandra's Birdwing is the largest butterfly in the world
The latest update of the IUCN Red List reveals the variety of threats faced by wildlife around the world. But it's not all doom and gloom, there is some positive news as well.
House sparrow bathing in water - garden birds need fresh water in the heatwave
As temperatures soar and we revel in the summer sunshine, our local wildlife could be struggling to cope! Find out how you can help them through the heatwave. 
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